While you are here at City and afterwards, you will find a range of events are available to help you in your career planning and job search.
Below you will find an overview of the events that we will be running this year. Click on the red button above to find out more, search for events, see the dates and book in to attend.
Employer led workshops on skills and application techniques
Some companies come in to the University to run skills sessions specifically to help students improve their approach to graduate job applications. These sessions may include information on CVs & application forms, interview technique, team building, commercial awareness etc.. The company's objective here is to help you to make the most of your applications which will then make their selection task easier.
2013 Spring Employability Skills Programme, sponsored by RBS
Following the very successful nine sessions ran last term, which were attended on average by a staggering number of 93 students per event, we are pleased to announce that the programme is back in 2013 with brand new topics!
Our employability skills series is designed in collaboration with employers. The sessions aim to prepare students on how to make the transition from education to work, covering all aspects of the selection and recruitment process. The workshops will cover the skills that are most valued by employers, how students can reflect on those and how to articulate their experiences clearly when talking to employers.
- How to develop and demonstrate team-working skills - Ernst & Young
- What really differentiates you at an assessment centre - RBS
- How to develop and demonstrate leadership skills - Teach First & PwC
- How to tackle presentations - UBS
- How to stand out at interviews - John Lewis
Our Autumn 2012 programme included sessions hosted by Citi, Morgan Stanley, Barclays , Bloomberg, PwC, IBM, BDO LLP, AMEX & Goldman Sachs
Workshops led by specialist career consultants
Throughout the year, workshops are led by our experienced Careers Team. Students can maximise their chances of getting a job by attending our series of information packed sessions, with hints and tips to set them apart from the others.
Mock Assessment and Psychometric Testing Sessions
The opportunity for you to try out some of the practical exercises which employers may use, and receive constructive feedback from fellow students and expert Careers Consultants about performance. These sessions will help you prepare both practically and mentally for the employer's assessment day
Industry Insight panels
Professionals from a number of organisations are invited on to campus to talk about their role, their industry and entry routes to different professions. Typically, a panel Q&A session will follow the talks to give you the opportunity to ask questions. If you are thinking about a career in a particular sector, but and unsure which industry or role would suit your skills best, then these sessions will definitely help you make an informed decision
These stalls will be placed along the main corridor in the University Building (where you find most refectories). You will see sometimes employers standing there, ready to chat to you informally about a career with them, and it is your chance to get a little bit more familiar with them and see if their opportunities would suit you. Don't be afraid to stop and talk when you see a stall!
Employer drop-in sessions
Some employers come in the Career and Skills Development Service for short lunch-time drop-in sessions. The intention here is to allow you to talk more informally on a one-to-one basis with representatives from the company and to give you the chance to find out more about their recruitment plans and their selection process and ask questions that could help you decide whether you would fit into that organisation's culture.
Employer presentations on campus
Employers use this time to share their company history, promote their organisation, describe their company culture, talk about career paths and opportunities and share tips for applications and interviews. These informal information sessions provide the means for students to learn more about the employers they are considering before participating in the application and selection process. Presentations will often be followed by an opportunity for questions either from the audience or less formally by breaking up for drinks and a chat.
Off-campus Presentations / Open days
These are events held at the employer premises that give you the opportunity to have a look round and get the feel of the atmosphere in which you would be working and at the same time chat to a number of company employees.
For off-campus events advertised on the careers website please follow the instructions provided under each entry.
City University Career fairs are formally structured events where anything from 15 - 26 employers are represented, each with their own stand. This is a rare opportunity to meet lots of companies within just a couple of hours. You will be able to speak with both HR representatives that can go into detail about the company's application and selection process as well as graduate trainees that have only been with the company for 1-2 years. The latter ones can talk to you more about their personal experience when applying as well as their role duties.
Why should I attend a careers fair?
- You will have the opportunity to talk to representatives from a number of different companies within a specific sector and get information about the opportunities available for students and/or graduates and the skills they are looking for.
- You can get useful information and tips regarding the application and selection process and thus maximise your chance of being successful at those stages.
- You can access the "hidden labour market" by gaining information about jobs that are not widely advertised.
- You can get a feel for the different organisational cultures by meeting the people who work there.
- You will be able to ask the type of questions that you wouldn't be able to ask at an interview.
Career Fairs - October 2013
- Banking, Finance & Consultancy Fair, 2 October (sponsored by RBS)
- Engineering, Science & Technology Fair, 9 October
- City Law Fair, 16 October (sponsored by Marfarlanes LLP)
Each year the Careers team run workshops on Monday prior to the fair to help students make the most of their attendance. Those who register for and attend one of these sessions will be given a VIP entry pass which will allow priority access to any campus fair during the first hour.